The grave of Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States
The son of a fervent abolitionist preacher who had emigrated from Northern Ireland, Chester A. Arthur grew up in upstate New York, where he attended Union College in Schenectady before moving to New York City to practice law. Arthur’s career in New York would see him as the state’s Quartermaster General during the Civil War and then later as Collector of the Port of New York, a position he was appointed to by Ulysses S. Grant. In 1881, James Garfield was sworn in as President with Arthur serving as his Vice President, but by September of that year, Garfield had died after being shot by an assassin. Following Garfield’s death, Arthur was sworn in as President. A kidney ailment would prevent him from campaigning for re-election in 1884, so following his presidency, Arthur moved back to New York City. On November 18, 1886, Chester A. Arthur died after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried with his family in Albany Rural Cemetery, where his grave is marked by a bronze angel placing a palm leaf over his sarcophagus.